Science Teacher Opportunities

Part of our mission is to help spread the word about opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, and classrooms, whether they are sponsored by OSTA or not. Check this space regularly for updated information on professional development opportunities, student opportunities, and more!

FREE Teacher Opportunities

patterns biology for the next generation: Lane ESD

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences, such as case studies and simulations, into their instructional design. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data. Students will use technology to collect and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible. Free for Lane ESD teachers, $150/day for teachers from other areas. Dates: July 30, 31, August 1 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Click here to learn more and register.


Soreel august institute

August institute is a FREE 3 to 5-day experience in which participants attend sessions and field trips aimed at providing educators the resources and support to integrate environmental education into their curriculum. ​

August Institute is about:

  • Learning what works in environmental ed. from your fellow educators
  • Walking away with skills, resources, and confidence to take kids outdoors
  • Receiving reimbursements for your environmental ed. field trips

The August Institute will take place August 5-9 in Jacksonville. To register and find out more, visit the website.

24th Annual columbia slough regatta

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Regatta, an on the water paddle festival like no other, Sunday, August 11th from 10am to 2pm. Regatta celebrates recreation opportunities on Portland’s hidden gem of local waterways, the Columbia Slough. Regatta is not actually a race; this family friendly event is a fun paddle for experienced paddlers and novice paddlers alike.


Advanced registration is required at our website (https://columbiaslough.org/events/event/248/) or by calling (503) 281-1132. Participants with their own human-powered watercraft and safety equipment are also welcome to register and join the fun. Crews will be available to help unload and transport boats. $10-$60/person or $30-125/family sliding scale suggested donation. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds!

DIACK JGEMS FIELD-BASED SCIENCE INQUIRY COURSE

This three day workshop will provide hands-on opportunities in the field as well as classroom time to develop curriculum tools and strategies that promote student-driven field-based science inquiry projects from kindergarten through high school. Attending teachers can also apply for a $2,000 grant ($6000 if you work collaboratively with at least two other teachers) for classroom equipment and resources for field-based inquiry investigations from the Diack Ecology Education Program. This training is sponsored by the Diack Ecology Education Program of the Oregon Science Teachers Association and the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School (JGEMS), a public charter school in Salem, Oregon, focusing on field-based environmental science. Workshop dates are August 13-15 at Opal Creek Forest Center. Click here to view flyer and register!

Furry, Feathery, and other Fascinations: Outside the Museum Doors

Explore how active learning using the Growing Up Wild and Environmental Experiences activities can engage curiosity. Educators of young children (ages 3-7) will have the opportunity to explore and practice ways to promote positive nature learning experiences for young children. Participants who attend the full workshop will receive activities, guides and resources that have been developed specifically for the younger audience to develop their natural curiosity through exploration and simple inquiry skills through multi-sensory experiences. Douglas County Museum will be hosting this workshop and we will be investigating it from the outside in! For Pre-K-2nd grade educators. August 15 in Roseburg. Click here for more information and to register.

Schoolyard Habitats: Nature in a Developed Environment, with Project Learning Tree

Schoolyard habitats inspire curiosity and sense of stewardship by connecting students in urban communities to their local, natural environment. Together let's explore what is just outside the classroom door as we engage in hands-on activities. We will share tips and tools for extending learning to the outside classroom, explore real world examples of Schoolyard Habitat projects, and discuss why this extension is purposeful to learning and student growth. Participants that attend the entire workshop day will receive the Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. August 21 in Gold Beach. This workshop is for K-6th grade formal and informal educators. Click here to learn more and register.

We will be using activities from Project Learning Tree August 21st and activities from Project WILD on August 22nd. If you would like to attend both days please register for both days.

Schoolyard Habitats: Nature in a Developed Environment, with Project WILD

Schoolyard habitats inspire curiosity and sense of stewardship by connecting students in urban communities to their local, natural environment. Together let's explore what is just outside the classroom door as we engage in hands-on activities. We will share tips and tools for extending learning to the outside classroom, explore real world examples of Schoolyard Habitat projects, and discuss why this extension is purposeful to learning and student growth. Participants that attend the entire workshop day will receive the Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity guide. August 21 in Gold Beach. This workshop is for K-6th grade formal and informal educators. Click here to learn more and register.

We will be using activities from Project Learning Tree August 21st and activities from Project WILD on August 22nd. If you would like to attend both days please register for both days.

FREE Online Courses

K-12 Earthquake Science Professional Development Opportunity

The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center offers a self-paced on-line Cascadia Earthquake Education course. The course is organized into four modules that introduce plate tectonics and earthquake science then apply this general knowledge specifically to Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Within each chapter, a video lecture (or series of video lectures) introduces the topic, along with additional videos and animations. Most chapters contain lesson plans for classroom activities and demonstrations. These lesson plans were designed for middle school students but can be adapted to elementary, high school, and college levels. Each lesson plan specifies the Next Generation Science Standards addressed. Most lesson plans have an accompanying set of supporting resources such as student worksheets and answer keys. It is estimated that it will take about 28 hours to complete the course, so successful completion of the course will result in receipt of a certificate for 28 PDUs (28 clock hours for WA teachers). If you have an interest and would like to register for the course, please send your preferred email address to: Bob Butler, University of Portland Professor Emeritus, butler@up.edu. You will then receive information on how to access this free on-line course!


PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS IN THE NGSS CLASSROOM: IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

This course offering from the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is designed to guide participants in exploring the role performance assessment can play in helping their students meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn SNAP's strategies for analyzing what an assessment is evaluating, analyzing multidimensional student data, and making instructional decisions based on student evidence. Participants will have opportunities throughout the course to practice using these strategies with sample short performance assessments (20 minute tasks) and student data. To learn more and register, click here.

DEVELOPING INSTRUCTIONALLY-EMBEDDED PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS FOR THE NGSS CLASSROOM

The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project guides collaborative groups of participants through SNAP's process of developing multidimensional performance assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn about the design of NGSS performance assessments by examining a sample classroom assessment, and they will learn to use SNAP's tools for planning, designing, and evaluating high-quality performance assessments. To learn more and register, click here.

Teacher Training/Courses

SUMMER AG IN THE CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS

A project of the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education, the Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. Teachers earn three graduate credits and the enrollment cost is a mere $600, which includes accommodations, classroom resources and food. Registration is open now! Workshops take place in La Grande (July 14-19). Click here to register and learn more.

physics for the next generation, part 2

Date & Time: July 15-17, 2019 (8:30am – 3:30pm)

Location: Capital Center, Science Lab 1617, Beaverton

Grade Level: High School

Audience: High School Educators

Course Fee: $500

Optional Graduate Credit: Details coming soon!

Contact for Registration: pd@pdxstem.org

This course is a follow up to the “Physics for the Next Generation” course (we highly recommend taking that course first). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in engineering design tasks. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th units of the Patterns Physics course will be covered in this course, including “Engineer a Shoe”, “Waves and Technology”, and “Electricity, Magnetism, and Power Production.” See below for detailed descriptions. Each unit focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of Physics with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content through inquiry and engineering design tasks.

Biology for the Next Generation

Date & Time: July 15-19, 2019 (8:30am – 3:30pm)

Location: Capital Center Science Lab room 1613, Beaverton

Grade Level: High School

Audience: High School Educators

Course Fee: $500

Optional Graduate Credit: Details coming soon!

Contact for Registration: pd@pdxstem.org

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences, such as case studies and simulations, into their instructional design. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data. Students will use technology to collect and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible.

For more information on the High School science curriculum, visit this page. Click here to register.

MS/HS TEACHER CODE.ORG SUMMER WORKSHOPS

Are you looking to learn Code.org's CS Discoveries (grades 6-10) or CS Principles (grades 9-12) curricula? George Fox University, Code.org's Oregon regional partner, will be putting on week-long professional development workshops July 29, 2019 - August 2, 2019. Applications are now open, Apply Now.


Pogil 2019 3-Day Summer Workshops

Where: Lewis & Clark College

When: July 30-August 1

Registration open now!

Summer workshops are designed for both those who are new to POGIL and those who have previously attended a POGIL workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, those who are new to POGIL will attend a Fundamentals of POGIL session while those participants who have previously attended a POGIL workshop will attend two sessions of universal application. The start of the second day will expose all participants to POGIL activity structure and facilitation in a POGIL classroom. For the remainder of the workshop, participants will follow a series of sessions focused on their chosen area of interest - Activity Writing, Classroom Facilitation or Implementing POGIL in the Lab. Visit this page for more information on each of the tracks. If you're still not sure which track is right for you, contact Marcy Dubroff at marcy.dubroff@pogil.org.

Scholarship Opportunity: A limited number of scholarships are available to rural high school STEM teachers from the States of Washington and Idaho and Oregon. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on meeting eligibility criteria and demonstrating a commitment to student-centered learning. For details on this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, please click on the following link: Scholarship Application

Physics for the next generation, part 1

Date & Time: August 5-9, 2019 (8:30am – 3:30pm)

Location: Century High School, Hillsboro

Grade Level: High School

Audience: High School Educators

Course Fee: $500

Optional Graduate Credit: Details coming soon!

Contact for Registration: pd@pdxstem.org

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of Physics with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in an engineering design tasks. The mathematical patterns of linear, quadratic, and inverse will be reinforced. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of their data. Students will use technology to collect data and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible. Click here to register.

Chemistry for the Next Generation

Date & Time: August 5-9, 2019 (8:30am – 3:30pm)

Location: Capital Center Science Lab room 1613, Beaverton

Grade Level: High School

Audience: High School Educators

Course Fee: $500

Optional Graduate Credit: Details coming soon!

Contact for Registration: pd@pdxstem.org

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of chemistry with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in an engineering design tasks. The mathematical patterns of linear and inverse will be reinforced in addition to introducing exponential decay and logarithmic patterns. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of their data. Students will use technology to collect data and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible. Click here to register.

intermediate level rov workshop

Dates: August 5-9, 2019

Location: Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon

This workshop introduces participants to the SeaMATE TriggerFish ROV and the art of accomplishing both bi-directional motor speed control using the Sabertooth motor controller.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Engineering Design
  • ROV Missions and Project Management
  • Classroom Management of Engineering Projects
  • Building Frames out materials other than PVC
  • Electronics and ROV Control Systems
  • Buoyancy and Ballasts
  • Cameras, Tools and Sensors
  • Running a competition at your school & participating in the MATE ROV Competition

To learn more and apply, view the flyer.

ap institute of the cascades: bend

Where: OSU Cascades

When: August 6-9

The AP® Institute of the Cascades prides itself not only in providing an excellent learning environment for educators seeking AP training – but also by providing a cultural and recreational experience for participants to connect with peers from across the country and explore the best of what sun-filled Central Oregon has to offer. Click here to register and learn more.


ngss for middle school teachers

Where: Catlin Gabel School

When: August 12-15

This 4 day workshop is an active, hands-on experience designed for middle school science teachers who want to see what NGSS looks like in the classroom and to learn about the instructional shifts that are needed for the implementation of NGSS. Teachers will explore how lessons and units in earth, life and physical sciences can be three-dimensional — including the three components of the NGSS: Crosscutting Concepts, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Scientific & Engineering Practices.

Teachers will actively conduct investigations and design engineering solutions to problems in science that can be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. You will walk away with strategies and resources that can be used right away, and the tools that will help you to "Next-Genify" lessons you are currently using. NGSS 3-D assessment, student discourse, and anchoring phenomena that drive instruction will be featured. Many resources will be provided as well as ready to use lessons. 32 Professional Development Units will be provided for completing this set of workshops. Click here to learn more and register. Click here for flyer.

Biology for the Next Generation

Date & Time: August 12-16, 2019 (8:30am – 3:30pm)

Location: Franklin High School, Portland

Grade Level: High School

Audience: High School Educators

Course Fee: $500

Optional Graduate Credit: Details coming soon!

Contact for Registration: pd@pdxstem.org

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of biology with the scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content as well as how to integrate engineering and student-centered learning experiences, such as case studies and simulations, into their instructional design. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry and engineering investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of data. Students will use technology to collect and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible. Click here to register.

Chemistry for the Next Generation

Date & Time: August 12-16, 2019 (8:30am – 3:30pm)

Locations: Liberty High School, Room N211, Hillsboro

Grade Level: High School

Audience: High School Educators

Course Fee: $500

Optional Graduate Credit: Details coming soon!

Contact for Registration: pd@pdxstem.org

This course focuses on three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of chemistry with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in an engineering design tasks. The mathematical patterns of linear and inverse will be reinforced in addition to introducing exponential decay and logarithmic patterns. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of their data. Students will use technology to collect data and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible. Click here to register.

ap institute of the cascades: eugene

Where: OSU

When: August 13-16

Welcome to the University of Oregon AP® Summer Institute! This is our first year serving Pacific Northwest and Northern California schools by providing College Board® endorsed summer institutes in Eugene, Oregon – on the campus of the University of Oregon – home of the Ducks. Our presenters are trained and endorsed by the College Board. Click here to register and learn more.


Student/Classroom Opportunities

Happening: A Clean Energy Film and Curriculum 

Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum supports MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here.

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